The Broncos' spree of free agency signings snatched up Miami Dolphins cornerback Andre' Goodman, who planned to visit the Browns if a deal with Denver could not be worked out. According to NFL.com, Goodman agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with the Broncos Sunday night.
The Browns lacked the presence of a veteran cornerback last season after Leigh Bodden was traded to Detroit and free agent Terry Cousin failed to live up to expectations. Cousin was let go last month. The Browns' 2008 starters, Brandon McDonald and Eric Wright, were both in their second seasons.
In other free agent news, strong safety James Butler of the New York Giants went back to Atlanta after visiting the St. Louis Rams Friday and Saturday, Rams general manager Billy Devaney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Butler's agent Carl Poston told the Newark Star-Ledger that Butler planned to visit the Browns after leaving St. Louis.
“He went back to Atlanta this morning,” Devaney told the Post-Dispatch, referring to Butler. “We’re still talking. We’re going to try to get something done. We’re a little bit apart right now with him contract-wise. ... I think he wouldn’t mind being here. We’d certainly like to have him here, so now we’re just going to see if we can make that happen.''
Another safety who had drawn interest from the Browns, New England's James Sanders, elected to re-sign with the Patriots, the Boston Globe reported.